The last kniphofias that I saw in autumn. I thought all of them had well-and-truly gone when I stumbled across these sheltered by a tree at Dunedin Botanic Garden. They are sometimes called red hot pokers or torch lilies. Photos taken by me on 19 May 2021. New Zealand.

Torch triumphant.

Another, thwarted …

The winner takes it all
The loser’s standing small
Beside the victory
That’s her destiny

Verse from: The Winner Takes It All
Songwriters: Andersson Benny Goran Bror / Ulvaeus Bjoern K

Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

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  1. I have a few yellow ones in flower here – I like them a lot more than the red ones. Must be amazing to see kniphofias growing everywhere – very cheerful!

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  2. Still on my first cuppa, I misread your title as ‘knip-phobia,’ which left two questions: what’s a ‘knip,’ and why should anyone be afraid of it? Interesting that a Canadian I follow just posted a photo of these coming into bloom.

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    1. Kniphofias pop up all over the place in these parts, not just in gardens but road frontages, lining driveways, by farm fences. If a person was adverse to bright colours perhaps ‘kniphobia’ could be a thing!


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